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John H Lentz


After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 #41-23728 was scheduled to fly home May 3, 1943, and help sell war bonds. Lentz and pilot Robert 'Shine' Shannon brought the crew through 25 missions. Shannon, a former fighter pilot and medium sized man was paired with Lentz for his longer legs, strength and instrument skills.

'Hot Stuff' was to carry commanding general Frank Andrews back to the states for a meeting in Washington. Lentz was one of 4 crewman bumped from the flight to allow further brass to fly with Andrews. Andrews acted as copilot. 'Hot Stuff' crashed on that flight killing all aboard except TG Eisel.



  • James Gott

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Captain James Gott was assigned as the navigator to the 330th Bomb Squadron, the , 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force. After completing their required combat missions, the crew of, Hot Stuff, the B-24D, 41-23728, were tasked with flying General...

  • Robert Shannon

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Capt. Robert Shannon and the the crew of the B-24D, 41-23728, Hot Stuff, was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland, killing all but the tail gunner. Capt. Shannon...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23728 - Hot Stuff

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Hot Stuff, was the 1st heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force (93rd Bomb Group, and 330th Bomb Squadron) to complete 25 missions, even though the B-17, Memphis Belle, wears the label of the first 50th mission B-24. Hot Stuff, crashed...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...


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Born Chicago, Illinois


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted's Travelling Circus by Carroll Stewart, Chapter 11 'Tragedy in Iceland' pp. 111-118